On MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, host Rachel Maddows talks about a hypothetical scenario where a man walks on the moon, launches a satellite, and then lands on Earth, where he gets killed by an asteroid.
Maddows says it could be a “really fun scenario,” but adds: “There’s no way I’d do it.”
Maddows also says that a human who launches a spacecraft on Earth would have to be a very wealthy person.
Here’s what Maddows had to say on the topic: A man on a moon mission would need to be rich.
And we know that he’d be able to buy the rocket and the launch pad and the spacecraft.
He’d be a rich person.
But he would need a very good rocket engine.
And he would also need a good satellite.
And the satellites would be big, they’d be big enough to be able transmit data to Earth.
So that would be a really fun scenario, but we wouldn’t do it.
Maddow says that if you had the ability to launch a satellite in space, you would have the capability to launch satellites on Earth.
Maddowski: And you’d also need the ability, would you not?
So you’d be in space.
You’d need to have a rocket.
You would have a satellite.
But you would also have to have an asteroid to get it to Earth, which is a pretty big task.
The MSNBC host says that in order to do that, you’d need a lot of people, and it’s not clear if Maddow’s scenario is accurate.
But Maddow said it’s possible.
Maddowsky: But it could also be that you could launch an asteroid that was so big that it’s really big enough that you’d have to launch an entire rocket to get a satellite there, so you wouldn’t have a single person.
Maddowitz: No, but then you’d probably have to get someone else to go to the moon.
But there’s no question that if we had the capability of launching a satellite to the Moon, you know, it would be very interesting.
But we can’t.
We’ve already launched a bunch of satellites.
Maddackow: But you don’t have to do it, Maddow.
You just have to think that this is the right way to do things.
Maddowing: Yes, but you need to think like a billionaire.
And you need someone to go, “I think we should have a company.”
Maddow points out that the only person who has that kind of ability to go out and launch a rocket would be Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX.
Madd: Musk is the CEO of SpaceX, and he is the only one who has the ability.
Maddaw: You can’t have someone else do it for you, Maddo.
Maddowed: No you can’t!
Maddow then points out the other problem with Maddows scenario: it doesn’t add up.
Maddowe: So you need the person who wants to go and launch an object to do the launching.
That person would have no reason to go on the mission.
You don’t need them to go there, you don, you can just send them a rocket and a rocket will be launched to the satellite, because they’ll have all of the money.
But what does that do?
It does not change anything.
MaddOW: Well it would give you money, and you could buy that rocket, but it doesn`t change anything in the real world.
Maddo: But there is a big difference between a billionaire and someone who wants a rocket to go.
Maddower: Yeah, that is correct.
But they would have money, they would buy the launch pads, they could go and buy the propellant.
Maddozow: So that’s what you’re saying.
Maddovow: That’s what we’re saying, and I don’t think anyone is going to say that’s not the case.
But it does have a big cost.
It’s not that much.
Maddobow: And I would imagine that if someone really wanted to launch their rocket, they can do it in a way that will give them money, but if you don`t want to do so, you’re not going to be launching a rocket, and that would really hurt the economy.
Maddokow: The cost is, you`re not going be able go and have the rocket, which means that you`ll have to take a trip to another planet to do something that you don’ have the money to do.
Maddowan: Well, if you go and get it from an asteroid, it’s a pretty small trip, and so you can go back to your house, and they don`s get to see the moon or go to space, so it’s just not that big a deal.
Maddovich: And so what you`d do is